Officer-involved shooting leaves 1 with minor injuries

By From page A3 | February 01, 2014

VACAVILLE — An officer-involved shooting late Thursday night left one man with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Vacaville police were called to the Hideaway Salon on Orange Drive just before midnight to deal with a disturbance that involved unruly patrons. When the men were asked to leave the bar, they allegedly ripped a fire alarm off the building’s wall.

They got in a silver Honda and headed south on Orange Drive, with the headlights off. The vehicle drove off the roadway, through several feet of open field.

The men came up on a separate traffic stop on Leisure Town and Walnut roads. Police said the car’s driver, Antonio Lopez Vasquez, allegedly drove the car, at a high rate of speed, toward the officers.

Fearing for their lives, the officers opened fire and hit the front seat passenger in the lower leg. The car came to rest, in the middle of Leisure Town Road, after hitting a high-voltage power vault and the back of a police car. The high-voltage utility vault was launched into the car involved in the traffic stop.

“It could have ended tragically,” Vacaville police Lt. John Carli said Friday.

The police officers and the others in the car that was stopped were not injured, he said. Three people were taken into custody. Police said all were intoxicated and none spoke English.

Vasquez, 25, of Vacaville, was held on suspicion of felony DUI and assault with a deadly weapon. Carli said investigation continues into what role, if any, the others in the vehicle played in the night’s events.

The officers have been placed on paid administrative duty as the investigation continues, which is protocol in officer-involved shootings.

Anyone who witnessed Thursday’s incident, or has knowledge that may help the investigation, is asked to call Detective Adam Senf at 449-5245.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Officer-involved shootings

Vacaville police were involved in two officer-involved shootings in 2013, both of which involved traffic situations and both of which ended in fatalities.

  • Lonnie Taylor, 21, of Sacramento, was shot June 28, 2013, by Vacaville police said he allegedly tried to run down officers during a traffic stop on eastbound Interstate 80. Taylor led officers on a brief freeway pursuit after he was shot. The chase ended when Taylor crashed near Midway Avenue. He died a short time later at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center.
  • Police in Vacaville shot and killed 24-year-old Kendall Walker of Fairfield on July 18, 2013, after a pursuit through a residential area along Ulatis Drive. Walker died at the scene. Police say Walker tried to run down an officer who was trying to deploy a spike strip to stop Walker’s car. Once stopped, police said Walker got out of his car and, armed with a hammer and a knife, moved aggressively toward officers who were also out of their cars. That’s when Walker was shot.
Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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  • General Fadi BasemJanuary 31, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    Now if these hard working guys had been out feeding their familys and doing those jobs Americans won't do none of this would have happened. And this comment would not have to be censored out.

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  • The MisterFebruary 01, 2014 - 7:12 am

    Perhaps this is just part of their culture (didn't say where they were from) and we just need to learn to embrace their culture... isn't that what "multiculturalism" is all about?

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 01, 2014 - 7:33 am

    Lock their sorry behinds up for a long time, then deport 'em.

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 01, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    Your state's scumbag leaders like the immigration policies that result in officer and civilian shooting deaths. That means no cooperation with Federal immigration officials, sanctuary policies, illegal driver's licenses, high insurance and tax rates, etc----with all of it promoted by the scum in the government offices and news media.

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